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Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 Revised

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JUST UPDATED ON 2/14/24

This is a collection of my own O5R house-rules for D&D.  It's a blend of both old school, 5th edition, and my own special sauce.  For best results, use with my eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting CHA'ALT

Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 Revised (I'm just going to call it Crimson Dragon Slayer, if you don't mind) has a few design goals which I'll ennumerate here...

1) The rules are basic, minimal, and the system is d20 D&D.  That makes it easy to understand.

2) If you have a luxury set of 7 dice, Crimson Dragon Slayer allows you to roll the dice you have instead of wishing you had extras.  I can't be bothered to roll my d6 six times or d4 three times and add then altogether with everyone at the table waiting... or worse, rolling for me!

3) Most importantly - Crimson Dragon Slayer is D&D on arcade mode!  That means it's specifically geared towards one-shots and short campaigns, generating maximum value here and now, without the frustration of never getting the best out of your character at some higher level.

You don't have to worry about getting down to half your HP or running out of spells/healing after the very first encounter.  If prepared, your adventuring party can keep kicking ass until you've put in a full work-day, not merely 5-minutes.  Save or die is badass... nap or die is bush league!

Crimson Dragon Slayer is FREE, so give it a chance!  FYI, this is what I use to run my home games.  If we play Cha'alt at some point, it'll be with Crimson Dragon Slayer.

What's Cha'alt, you ask?  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/284600/Chaalt

Enjoy,

VS

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Darrick D December 27, 2023 12:34 am UTC
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I've got a new Kickstarter. It's called The Cha'alt Experience: Designing Worlds Like A Fucking Boss. Check out KS update #3:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/the-chaalt-experience-designing-worlds-like-a-fucking-boss/posts/3994566
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Fredrick R August 04, 2023 6:44 pm UTC
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Some things this needs a well designed character sheet, a GM Screen, and an expanded monster & npc folio.
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Darrick D August 08, 2023 12:27 am UTC
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A GM screen would be super-cool, but first, Cha'alt will have to break on through to the other side... For instance, my Kickstarter campaign numbers would need to double or maybe even triple. Yes to the well-designed character sheet. That will definitely be included. I'll leave monsters and NPCs to the adventures and campaign setting books.
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James M August 03, 2023 4:30 pm UTC
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I like the concept of the Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 Revised PDF being converted to a print-on-demand softcover. However the practicality of me purchasing depends upon cost, price, amount of money required.
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Darrick D August 08, 2023 12:24 am UTC
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Yeah, price is a huge factor and will be at the top of my considerations. Thanks for the comment, hoss!
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Vincent A August 02, 2023 7:11 pm UTC
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Oh yeah please add pod, probably include Cha’alt Ascended
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Darrick D August 03, 2023 1:12 am UTC
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Hmm... you're right. I could include that, as well. Thanks, hoss!
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Fredrick R April 07, 2023 9:53 pm UTC
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Yes a fresh update for 2023!!!

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Darrick D July 27, 2023 12:49 pm UTC
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Guess what? I just updated this PDF AGAIN... it now contains the moon dice mechanic playtested during VENGER CON II: Electric Boogaloo! Have fun, enjoy, and also let me know what you think. Thanks!
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Jeremy H January 09, 2023 2:43 am UTC
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I started building my own lite system (again) and gave CDS D20 a re-gander. Lots of cool stuff to use. I think the HD for Wizards might be a bit low if they need to burn HP to cast spells... but maybe not if you use an OoA mechanic similar to Black Hack? I'm also in a bit of quandary at how a GM would adjudicate various actions like climbing, sneaking, etc. without Ability Scores. Anyway, a mutual friend sent me a link to a 44 page version of the system on Amazon? What the hell guymandude... can we get that action as a PDF here too? I can't handle shipping costs to SE Asia and the mail system sucks big hairy balls since the pandemic.
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Vincent A January 11, 2023 2:53 am UTC
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I don’t think it’s explicitly stated but descriptions in “Noteworthy” section can give mechanical benefits or special feats to the character. If your character has “climbed the tallest mountain in the world” perhaps they get a bonus per their level or roll advantage in skill checks involving climbing, geography, survival etc. or maybe character is “handy with laser pistols” and gets some sort of bonus in combat. Hope this helps
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Darrick D January 11, 2023 8:19 pm UTC
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Any "normal" skill with "average" difficulty has a target number of 15 on a d20. If the PC's class would help with that, add level to result. If someone is helping (where that would be beneficial), give the person rolling, or active participant, Advantage. Not sure what you're talking about regarding a 44 page version on Amazon. The latest version of Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 is also included in the hardcover Cha'alt: Chartreuse Shadows book as an appendix.
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Jeremy H January 16, 2023 8:33 am UTC
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Ah, got it. Lots of cool ideas in this one, nice, tight, minimal.

Oh, and the book on Amazon is not CDS d20 version.
https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Dragon-Slayer-Retro-roleplaying-somewhere/dp/1512171514
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Darrick D April 07, 2023 7:53 pm UTC
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Thanks, for praise, hoss! I've included Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 as an appendix in the back of all three Cha'alt hardcovers, and will do so again with book 4 of the Cha'alt trilogy! You could certainly print the 15 pages (or less, if you ditch the artwork and credits page) out yourself at home or at the local copy shop.

For something like climbing or sneaking around, just roll a d20 with a 15 difficulty target-number. If their class, race, background, or recent experience would give them a bonus, they can add their level to the roll. If circumstances are favorable, give them advantage, too... or disadvantage if they're unfavorable.
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Brian S November 05, 2022 8:04 pm UTC
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Is there any possibility of a new supplement that adds more playable character classes to Crimson Dragon Slayer? I would love to see arcade-mode versions of the Paladin, Ranger, Druid, Assassin, Monk, etc. Mainly the classic AD&D classes.
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Vincent A December 14, 2022 7:43 pm UTC
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The Cha’alt pregen character supplement has Barbarian and Monk and Assasin, plus Cha’alt Ascended adds like 60 or so feats, if that’s helpful
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Darrick D January 11, 2023 8:21 pm UTC
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Yes, see Encounter Critical III. While it's not free, it's the sister RPG to Crimson Dragon Slayer D20... and includes doxy, criminal, psi-knight, pioneer, reaver, and warlock.
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Robert B May 10, 2022 10:00 pm UTC
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Hi, is there any chance of getting a blank character “sheet”? Love the design for these pregens.
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Robert B May 10, 2022 11:21 pm UTC
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Oops, meant to post this for the Cha’alt pregen pdf. Sorry!
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Darrick D July 27, 2022 2:58 pm UTC
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I've got Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 / Cha'alt character sheets and more currently on my SubscribeStar page (behind the paywall). Just $5 a month for bonus Kort'thalis Publishing content: https://www.subscribestar.com/vengersatanis
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Matthew T March 12, 2022 11:18 pm UTC
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What's the difference between this and Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272436/Crimson-Dragon-Slayer-D20 ?
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WARD K March 09, 2022 8:51 pm UTC
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A nice clean quick start for roleplaying.
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Darrick D October 28, 2021 7:01 pm UTC
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I've got a kickstarter campaign going right now for Cha'alt: Chartreuse Shadows... eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalypse: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/chaalt-chartreuse-shadows/
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Charles F August 30, 2021 4:29 pm UTC
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Latest revision August 2021. Includes "Crimson Escalation".
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Robert B May 17, 2021 7:09 pm UTC
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I'm liking the new version of CDSD20. I think you need to add a list of special abilities as examples but that's a quibble.

Player: I think I got it. Can I use a Wish to stop the drought in this area? the village and surrounding farms?
GM: hmm that would cost you 6 HP that you don't get back for year...
Player: I want to use a Dark Ritual so it would be 18 HPs but I will be a part of it..
GM: Go on..
Player: I tell the farmers and villagers I can end this drought, but it will require 17 beautiful women, that aren't opposed to some girl on girl action and an 18 hour orgy to complete the ritual.
GM:.... I'm not describing this.
Player: closed eyes you don't have to.
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Darrick D May 19, 2021 10:52 pm UTC
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I created 60+ special abilities called Cha'alt Ascended. The PDF is available here on DriveThru, but it's also included in Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise (both the PDF and gorgeous hardcover). Thanks for the comment, hoss!
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Darrick D January 31, 2021 1:07 pm UTC
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You know what goes perfect with Crimson Dragon Slayer? Eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic adventures. Hey, I'm Kickstarting that right now!

Please check it out and back: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vengersatanis/saving-chaalt/
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Yoseph S August 04, 2020 2:59 pm UTC
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Can anyone tell me how they handle firearms in this system? I know that there are firearms (such as machine guns and plasma-rifles) in the Cha'alt book, some with separate damage rolls. But I don't know whether to use the same damage numbers for PC's that use these kinds of weapons, or if they should just roll their normal Damage Die.
Any help is appreciated.
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Darrick D August 06, 2020 10:37 pm UTC
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Use the firearm / energy weapon damage listed in Cha'alt, instead of the class-based damage. But ultimately, it's up to the GM to decide.

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Yoseph S August 10, 2020 7:45 pm UTC
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Thank you. Makes sense in retrospect.
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